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(July 4, 1906-January 11, 1974) Born Theodore Roosevelt Poston in Hopkinsville, Kentucky; graduated from Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial College in 1928 with journalism degree. Moved to New York; worked for brother Ulysses on occasional paper, New York Contender. In 1931 wrote column "Harlem Shadows" for Pittsburgh Courier; hired by Amsterdam News, becoming city editor by 1935. Active in formation of Newspaper Guild, was fired for leading strike against paper; joined staff of Federal Writers' Project. In 1936 began writing freelance articles for New York Post; soon hired full-time, an unprecedented event for an African-American reporter. In 1940 became member of "Black Cabinet," informal network of African-Americans serving or advising the Roosevelt administration; as head of Negro News Desk in the Office of War Information was responsible for relations with Negro press. Returned to Post in late 1945, remaining until his retirement in 1972. Series of articles on "Little Scottsboro" case (1949) won George Polk award for national reporting; also covered Montgomery bus boycott, racial discrimination in New York City, the integration of Central High in Little Rock, and the trial of Medgar Evers' assassin. Died in New York City. The Dark Side of Hopkinsville, a book of short stories, published posthumously in 1991.